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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Blue Springs Man Sentenced for Illegal Drugs, Firearms



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man who was caught three times in the same month with illegal drugs and guns, was sentenced in federal court today.

Damion Cornish, 39, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On Oct. 17, 2016, Cornish pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Cornish was arrested in connection with a domestic disturbance at his residence on May 10, 2016. Blue Springs police officers seized from the residence heroin (24 grams); cocaine (27 grams); methamphetamine (178 grams); marijuana (51 grams) and an assortment of illegal pills. In addition, the police seized an Interarms Firestar .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol from the residence.

On May 19, 2016, Independence police officers conducted a car stop of Cornish’s vehicle and seized heroin (17.99 grams); cocaine (17.73 grams); crack cocaine (.65 grams); methamphetamine (97.5 grams); marijuana (5.75 grams) and an assortment of illegal pills. In addition, officers seized a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol that Cornish was carrying.

Cornish was arrested on May 28, 2016, on federal charges. At the time of his arrest, Blue Springs police officers seized from his residence heroin (14 grams), cocaine (4 grams); methamphetamine (82 grams); and marijuana (439 grams). In addition, police officers seized a firearm and 60 rounds of ammunition belonging to Cornish.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin. It was investigated by the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department, the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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